Hike, Bike, Explore, & Support the National Aviary

Help Support the National Aviaryโ€™s Second Annual Hike-A-Thon Presented by UPMC Health Plan

June 13, 2022

After a successful inaugural year, the virtual fundraiser supporting the National Aviary is back with a new, intuitive platform allowing hikers, bikers, and explorers to connect with nature from anywhere in the world.

The National Aviary today announced the second annual National Aviary Hike-A-Thon Presented by UPMC Health Plan. Registration is now open for the event, which runs throughout the month of September. Participants can log their miles as they hike, bike, and explore wherever they are, anywhere in the world. While exploring, they can engage their friends and family to raise funds in support of the National Aviary’s work to save birds and protect their habitats. Registration is now open at

Participants from around the country logged more than 3,400 miles in the first year of the National Aviary’s Hike-A-Thon in 2021. This year’s event uses a new, intuitive web-based platform that makes registering, logging miles, sharing stories, and gathering donations seamless and fun for participants. A registration fee of $40 supports the National Aviary and provides participants with a limited edition National Aviary Hike-A-Thon t-shirt, plus other goodies in a packet conveniently mailed to them before the event begins in September. A free registration option, which does not include a t-shirt or packet, is also available.

Once registered, hikers can create their own personal fundraising page to tell the story of what inspires them to support the National Aviary and encourage their friends and family to back their month-long efforts to hike, bike, and explore with donations, and participants can track their mileage online or with a printed activity log. The option to create a team engages others in this exciting event and encourages friendly competition. With each mile logged and every dollar raised, participants will be entered to win exclusive prizes.

Funds raised through the National Aviary Hike-A-Thon support the Aviary’s care for its flock of more than 500 birds and mammals and its international conservation work.


UPMC Health Plan is the presenting sponsor for the National Aviary Hike-A-Thon. Diamond sponsors include Allegheny County Airport Authority and TribLIVE; platinum sponsors include Lamar and Peoples; gold sponsors include Eaton, Excel Sportswear, Federated Hermes,, HBK CPAs & Consultants, Hefren-Tillotson, Kauer Consulting, Koppers, and Rivers Casino; and bronze sponsors include Corners Limited, DICK’S Sporting Goods, and Maher Duessel.